SOLD FOR: $1010
Model: M2. The M2 is the final designation of the Model 1922 .22 caliber trainers (pages 54-55 of Joe Poyer’s book, The M1903 Springfield Rifle and its Variations, 3rd Edition).
Serial Number: 5740
Year of Manufacture: 1937
Caliber: .22LR (Long Rifle)
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle, Magazine Fed
Markings: The top of the receiver is marked “U.S. / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / CAL. .22 M2 / 5740”. The top of the barrel is marked “S A / flaming bomb / 5 – 37”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked “LONG RIFLE / CART’GE ONLY”. The safety lever is marked “SAFE READY”. The top of the bolt handle is marked “N S” for nickel steel as well as “M2”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “B”. The bolt body is etched with the serial number. The rear of the bolt body is marked “D 28222-2” and the front is marked “D 28223-2”. The bolt body is marked “M2” ahead of the lug. The ejector is marked “C 3998”. The barrel band is marked “U”. The left side of the front sight is marked “LYMAN”. The right side of the rear sight is marked with the Lyman logo. The top of the rear sight is marked “LYMAN” and with company info.The top left of the magazine is marked “M2”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24 ½ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front globe sight has a “donut” insert installed. The rear of the sight screws off to remove or replace the insert. The rear sight is a fully adjustable Lyman aperture marked “0 25 50 75 100 125”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, barrel band, 2 sling loops and a checkered metal buttplate. The refinished buttplate shows surface erosion. The barrel band has been refinished. The grip has been repaired. A crack and nail heads are still visible on the grip. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue. Parkerized Bottom Metal
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is crisp. There is some fouling in the grooves near the muzzle. There is no visible erosion.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and areas of light discoloration. The area below the magazine cutoff shows scratches. The screw heads show use but are refinished. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a 5 round magazine. It shows scrapes & light surface erosion. Overall it is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: The final designation Model 1922 .22 caliber trainers is the M2. This M2 was made back in 1937. It has been refinished and itst stock has been repaired. The rifle looks great and still has a strong bright bore. These rifles were designed to mimic the full size Springfield Model 1903’s, yet were chambered in .22 LR. The goal was to give soldiers trigger time on a Springfield 1903, without the expense of .30 Caliber ammo. Many M2s were used for civilian competition shooting. The Springfield M2 has become a desired collector’s piece. This rifle will add nicely to your Military collection.